April 30, 2010
Public and Other Non-Commercial Media in the Digital Era
Federal Communications Commission
Commission Meeting Room, Room TW-C305
445 12th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated in a panel discussion on noncommercial media entitled "New Strategies for Supporting Public and Noncommercial Media." The discussion was part of a larger workshop, being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., that the FCC is presenting as part of its project on the Future of Media and the Information Needs of Communities. Dean's testimony is available here.
The workshop focused on:
- Evolving business and organizational structures of public and other noncommercial media entities and the ways these are impacted by government policy;
- The ways in which public and other noncommercial media entities do and could contribute to the information needs of communities across multiple platforms, focusing in particular on journalism, cultural, and educational content;
- The possibilities for greater collaboration among noncommercial media entities such as public broadcasters, PEG channels, noncommercial web-based outlets, and other new media entities;
- The role of public and other noncommercial media in serving the information needs of the underserved, including minorities, children, the disabled, and the economically disadvantaged;
- The infrastructure needs and assets of public and other noncommercial media in delivering information to communities;
- Innovative uses of social media, gaming, Internet applications, citizen journalism, mobile technologies, and other technological and organizational innovations; and
- The possibilities for new kinds of noncommercial media networks and associated funding models.